NEWS | FASHION | ENVIRONMENT
By Duncan Kaonga Jnr
It might seem as if they are worlds apart, but energetic Blantyre-based youth initiative, Fashion-for-Change is on a drive to using fashion designing as a tool to combating global warming in the country.
Motivated from the sidelines of wanton environmental mismanagement in the country, and Blantyre in particular, Fashion For Change is geared to spearheadIing a campaign of sensitizing all and sundry on the need of checking their vices.
The grouping is this monthend, August 31st, staging its third annual event under the banner, “Buy a bin. Keep your community clean & Be Part of change.
According to one of the organisers, Ausa Kamanga, the move will see patrons being fed with environmental management messages whilst appreciating various products from the clothing lines to be showcased.
The move, according to her, aims at ensuring each household has its own waste bins so as to curtail improper waste disposals.
“We realized that there is so much work that needs to be done and its everyone’s mandate to take part and work on the change we want to see in the warm heart of Africa. Fashion issues normally draw multitudes so we are taking such an opportunity to lobby for our course,” she revealed.
She says her firm coined this notion with the hope of carrying the message to hard to reach areas in all corners of the country.
“We came up with this notion to reach out to individuals to be sensitive on the environment and link organizations to provide facilities to rural areas,” said Kamanga
This year’s “Fashion for Change Event” will be held at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre and will see Blantyre City Council co-hosting it.
Meanwhile, Ausa is lobbying for potential sponsors to join her noble course in ensuring Malawi wears a green face again by among others, by purchasing waste management facilities, when heading to the event.
“Be part of our initiative to bring the change we want to see in our communities. Any interested partner can bring gloves, litter bags et al to kick start the initiative,” she calls.
The third annual Fashion4Change event has attracted international designers from Zambia and Zimbabwe who will be showcasing their brands whilst lobbying for waste management as well.
The gala will be spiced with a Faith Mussa musical act.
Various entities will be part of this years gala including Cori limited, Ecoride, Chitoliro Arts, UMP awards, Biz Malawi, Gold Mountain, 579 promotions, GODKA Technologies, and many others.